With the NFL Draft less than a month away, the Minnesota Vikings announced their 2014 preseason schedule on Tuesday. It will be the Vikings first of two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota while their new stadium is under construction.
The Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions Sunday in the last game ever in Mall of America Field. The Lions have a dynamic passing offense. They boast stout front-seven on their defense. Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are a pair of players to watch for the Lions.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Carolina Panthers in their first game since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. The Panthers and Vikings have a combined 2-6 record with wins over winless teams. The Panthers are led by quarterback Cam Newton on offense and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on defense.
Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.
Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is among the best in the game, and it all started in Minneapolis. Today the all-pro wide receiver brought a piece of the NFL to the first field he played on. Fitzgerald, who lives in Eden Prairie in the offseason, credits the beginning of his success to the adults who believed in him as a child. “The coaches that coached me here, I mean, so many people invested in me as a child, and they didn’t have to,” Fitzgerald said.
The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the two wild card teams by one game in the standings. It plays the team right behind it in the standings Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams have won three straight, including two on the road.
The Minnesota Vikings signed John Carlson to a long term in March, but several injuries have made fans wonder if it was a good signing. It is somewhat ironic that his role with the Vikings should expand due to a concussion to Kyle Rudolph.
Much like his hair, Brian Robison has continued to grow throughout his professional career. Last season, he took his game to the next level as a first time starter. The Vikings signed him to a contract extension in 2011 based on future results.
Despite preseason predictions, the Minnesota Vikings remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. The schedule does not get any easier; in fact it is one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team. The Vikings have the pieces and opportunity to make a run against the more heavily favored opponents.
The Minnesota Vikings are chasing six teams in the NFC playoff chase while five other teams are within two games. The Vikings need some help Sunday and it can feel a whole lot better about its postseason situation.
The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers form the NFL’s best division. The Bears sit atop the standings, but have issues with its offense. The Packers won the division last season, but the defense remains its weak link. The Vikings and Adrian Peterson are one of the best stories in the league, but do they have enough to make the playoffs. The Lions remain in the hunt, but can they get hot and catch the teams ahead of them.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of rebuilding for the future. The process began with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected nine players in the draft – lost one to a devastating knee injury – and claimed another off waivers.
Percy Harvin did not practice all week and is as doubtful for Sunday’s against the Detroit Lions. His absence would leave a huge hole in an already anemic passing offense. The only other injured player listed as worse than probable is defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
The Minnesota Vikings have struggled with its passing offense in recent weeks. The Vikings are trying to make adjustments to improve. However, if Percy Harvin is unable to play it will be difficult for the Vikings to move the ball through the air.
The Minnesota Vikings had several players miss practices this week, but the most notable omission was running back Adrian Peterson. Friday is a significant practice to miss, but head coach Leslie Frazier said he is not worried about his availability for Sunday’s game.